Your summer starts here

Please note: This page is for existing bookers who have already purchased a summer adventure. To those looking for dates, prices and more please visit

We look forward to welcoming you on your Outward Bound adventure in the coming weeks! This page has been developed to signpost you to all the important information you’ll need, to help ensure you feel prepared and get the most out of your summer experience with us.

The essentials - participant enrolment and handbook

The following forms and information are sent out through the post around 12 weeks before each adventure begins. We ask all participants to complete and return the forms no later than 6 weeks prior to the start date of their path.

If you haven't received the forms/information or have misplaced them, please download and print the PDF versions below:


Enrolment and medical form (To be completed by all participants) 
Skills for Life Award Questionnaire (To be completed by Skills for Life Award participants only)
Participant handbook and kit list  (for all summer participants)

Supplementary Medical Forms

If you suffer from asthma, allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, a lung or heart condition you must tell us more about your condition by completing a compulsory supplementary medical questionnaire below:

Allergies Asthma/Lung conditions Heart condition/Angina
Epilepsy Diabetes

Confidential Information

Please complete one of the forms below if you wish to advise our staff of confidential issues which may affect behaviour whilst at The Trust. Simply select the centre that you will be attending.

Loch Eil Centre       Ullswater Centre
Howtown Centre   Aberdovey Centre               

This information is always treated in the strictest confidence
 and will be read by the appropriate Head of Centre. They may then contact you for a further discussion.


All programmes start at 5:30pm and finish at 9:00am.

Download our summer adventure itineraries to see what you might be getting up to! 

Click on the factsheets below for further information, contact details and directions to each of our centres.


Aberdovey – A washing service is available to participants who are participating on our 19 day courses. This service is free of charge and will be available at the end of the first and second weeks of your course.

Loch Eil – there is a washing, dry and fold service available to all participants, charged at £1.50 per bag (washing powder etc included). 

Ullswater – washing machines are available to all participants and cost £2. The machines takes £1 and 50p coins and participants can buy soap sachets in the shop for 20p. There is also a tumble dryer facility, which costs £1.

There is parking available to drop off participants but we encourage you to use the coach transfer service, where possible.


Remember, a return coach transfer is included in your package. Coach transfer bookings close two weeks before the start of your adventure. 

Meeting points

  • Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station
  • Glasgow International Airport
  • Birmingham International Train Station
  • Penrith Train Station

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for further information, pick up times and to book your place. 


Aberdovey, Wales Birmingham International Airport - 125 miles from centre. Walk through to coach transfer.
Loch Eil, Scotland Glasgow International Airport - 140 miles from centre. 
Ullswater, England Manchester Airport - 120 miles from centre. You can get a regular train direct from Manchester airport to Penrith (journey time around 2 hours) to join the coach transfer.


Aberdovey, Wales - Aberdovey
Loch Eil, Scotland - Loch Eil and Fort William
Ullswater, England - Penrith

As part of the all-inclusive package of your course, we offer a free pick up service from the train stations closest to our centres. Don't forget to call your centre to confirm your expected time of arrival.
A bus service (number 398) runs from Glasgow Central Railway Station to Buchanan Bus Station every 10 minutes or you can walk to it, in a similar time.

The Outward Bound Trust cannot take responsibility for travel arrangements by individuals making their way directly to our centres, or their journey to our designated coach transfer hub pick up points. Useful links to help make these arrangements are: Skyscanner and Trainline.


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Centre postcodes and nearest towns are:

Ullswater, CA11 0JL – Penrith

Aberdovey, LL35 0RA - Aberdovey

Loch Eil, PH33 7NN - Fort William 

Your Outward Bound adventure will be both physically and mentally challenging, with our longer courses offering the highest level of challenge. Every course will involve an exciting mountain expedition, over two days or more. As part of this, you'll be carrying your personal and group equipment in a rucksack, which is provided by the centre. Having a reasonable level of fitness means that you'll enjoy your experience more and will have the confidence to try new things. However, having plenty of enthusiasm is equally as important.

If you feel you need to improve your fitness in preparation for the course, we recommend using fitness apps like Nike+Workout TrainerStravaEase into 5K or even Zombies, Run

Our course fee includes a fully comprehensive course and travel insurance for all participants. The policy covers participants travelling from within the UK & from overseas.

Additional information can be found on our FAQ's page